THE UNITED STATES OLYMPIANS ASSOCIATION
Once an Olympian, Always an Olympian
Never Former; Never Past
The mission of the United States Olympians Association is to create and implement programs that will integrate Olympians into every facet of the Olympic Movement. U.S. Olympians will support the goals of the United States Olympic Committee by fostering the Olympic values in each community, encouraging youth to pursue those values, developing camaraderie among athletes, and honoring the individuals who have shared the unique experience of representing their nation at the Olympic Games.
Overall Program Goal: To build a comprehensive, national Olympians Association that provides opportunities for service, continuity and identity. It allows Olympians to come together and continue to support the Olympians of the future. It also serves as a link between Olympians and the USOC by developing ways to involve Olympians in all aspects of the Olympic Movement.
Visions and Objectives
The objects of the United States Olympians (USO) shall be:
A. To help achieve and maintain international understanding, peace and goodwill through sports competitions among nations, based on the principles of ancient Greek Olympic ideals of sportsmanship;
B. To stimulate national interest in the Olympic Games;
C. To cooperate with the United States Olympic Committee in advancing the Olympic ideal of excellence, including securing financial aid therefor ;
D. To assist United States' athletes of promise with their development, training, and competition in sports embraced in the Olympic program; and
E. To maintain fellowship among Olympic competitors and members of official delegations of United States Olympic Teams through association at stated meetings, and, in furtherance thereof, to stimulate and sponsor the formation of chapters of such Olympic competitors and associates throughout the United States, and to exercise supervision and control over the policies of such constituent chapters.
Activities and Programs of the United States Olympians
UNITED STATES OLYMPIANS ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION
- Olympians for Olympians Relief Fund-founders/stakeholders www.oorf.org
- U.S. Olympic and Pan American Bid City - participants
- World Olympian Association – active members www.woaolympians.com
- World Fit-Olympians for Worldwide Fitness – founders www.worldfit.org
- USOC “Real Athletes” Campaign - leaders
- Athletes Speakers Referral Network – stakeholders – www.teamusa.org
- Olympian Reunions and Special Events bringing alumni together
- Olympian Chapters (20 strong) – unlimited activities
*Local Olympians Send Off
*Local Olympians Welcome Home
*World Fit and Olympic Day participants
*Membership dinners, parties, local holiday events
UNITED STATES OLYMPIANS ASSOCIATION BYLAWS
United States Olympians Association Leadership Team 2009-2012
The Olympian is the official newsletter of the U.S. Olympians Association and is published quarterly. It is designed to keep Olympic alumni informed of on-going news within the USOC and Olympic Movement worldwide. The newsletter is sent electronically, however, hard copy is available to Olympians with no email access or to any Olympian upon request. Current and Past Issues of The Olympian ...
U.S. OLYMPIANS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
Representing the U.S. in the Olympic Games is one of our country’s highest honors in sport. The U.S. Olympians Association Membership Program entitles the bearer to the rights and benefits developed by the USOC in conjunction with the U.S. Olympians. It is a fitting way to recognize both the past contributions of our Olympians and the important role they continue to play in helping Olympic Dreams of a new generation come true.
Benefits are the following: membership ID card bearing the athlete’s name, sport, years and ID number; complimentary subscription to The Olympian newsletter, the official newsletter of the U.S. Olympians; twenty percent discount on merchandise purchased in store at USOC gift shops; regular Olympian mailings announcing events and special sponsor discounts exclusively for Olympians.Membership Benefits
Over 10,000 names, contact and Games records information are maintained on the Olympian Database. Regular mailings and telephone contacts provide updated information for input. Contact data on participants since 1968 is reasonably accurate with an estimated discrepancy rate of ten percent. Olympians are encouraged to call the toll free Olympian Hotline at 800-717-7555 to update any changes in their contact information.
OLYMPIANS FOR OLYMPIANS RELIEF FUND
The USOC has established the Olympians for Olympians Relief Fund (OORF) 501c3, dedicated to providing assistance to U.S. Olympians and their immediate families who demonstrate a significant need due to hardship from illness, death or other extenuating circumstances and to performing activities which may assist U.S. Olympians and their families who demonstrate need as described above.
FINAL FAREWELL BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM
The U.S. Olympians Association office responds immediately upon hearing the news that an Olympian has passed away. Each family receives a letter of condolence signed by the President of the U.S. Olympians on behalf of all Olympians and the Olympic Family. A USOC five ring flag is also sent to each family.
ATHLETE SPEAKER REFERRAL NETWORK (ASRN)
One of our goals is to increase Olympic awareness both regionally and nationally. Olympians sign up as speakers through www.teamusa.org and click on the ASRN link to register. Olympian contact info and all details required for their appearance including expenses and fees are found on the site. Organizations nationwide both big and small which seek an Olympian as an event speaker, should access the ASRN website to find an Olympian that fits their event requirements.
The U.S. Olympians Association office handles requests for replacement of medals that have been lost. Requests to replace lost medals must be processed and approved by the IOC. Other commemorative items such as Olympic rings, watches, and jackets may also be requested. Each request is handled on an individual basis.
Cynthia E. Stinger, Manager
Christine Taylor, Sr. Administrative Assistant
United States Olympians Association
United States Olympic Committee